For Overton High School – heck, for the entire city of Overton and their community – it was a banner night, last Saturday night.
The Overton Mustangs football team won for the first time in well over a year, beating visiting Burkeville, 36-22, in a rare Saturday game at Coach Chester Roy Stadium on the OHS campus.
Overton coach Justin Arnold was still walking on cloud nine on Monday.
“Man, I’m happy for our kids, happy for our community, happy for our school – I’m happy for our coaches, too,” Arnold told the News Herald. “I bet I’ve had 75, 100 text messages and the whole nine yards, all kinds of congratulations the last couple of days. We needed this. Our community needed this. We needed to get one early, and get this thing turned around.”
The Mustangs (1-1) are on a short week a bit, but will be back in action Friday night, again at home, against Simms Bowie, a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Overton has yet to play a road game this season.
Arnold asked for crowd support for this one.
“They’re 0-2, but they’re big up front, and they’ve got some talent,” he said. “It’s going to probably come down to who makes the fewest mistakes.”
If Overton can rely on a strong running game, like it got against Burkeville, that would go a long way for the Mustangs’ chances of winning this weekend. Overton had 270 yards rushing, led by Shaun Garcia’s 182 yards and a touchdown. Jax Clark had 68 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Derrick Ishee had a 3-yard score, as well.
Adding to the mix were runs by Caiden Pierce, Anthony Merritt, and Trayson Wright.
Garcia also had an interception return for a touchdown on defense.
One thing the Mustangs will need to clean up is turnovers. They had three fumbles against Burkeville.
Still, the win over Burkeville was Overton’s first since Nov. 2, 2018, a home win over Maud. This weekend, the Mustangs will be trying for their first back-to-back wins since Nov. 4, 2016 and Nov. 11, 2016, wins against Wortham and Hull-Daisetta (in the playoffs).
Next Friday, the Mustangs visit Big Sandy.